Mexican Jewelry Maker’s Marks

Aguilar, Héctor
Taxco
Mexico
e. 1939

Specialties

  • Silversmith
  • Designer
  • Shop Manager at Taller de las Delicias for Spratling

1939 Opened his own shop.Taller Borda. He was joined there by

  • Julio Carbajal Lopez
  • Pedro & Juan Castillo
  • Slavador Garcia
  • Hector & Alfonso Gomez
  • Luis Reyes, A former Spratling salesman.

1941

  • Valentin Vidaurreta arrived in Taxco and collaborated with Aguilar until he died.
  • Worked in elaborate floral designs that became famous.

1943

  • Awarded a jewelry production contract for the costume jewelry company, Coro.

1948

  • Opened Taller Borda jewelry retail outlet, Taxco.

1966

  • Aguilar workshops closed, Héctor retired.

1986

  • Death of Héctor Aguilar.
Beckmann, Carmen
San Miguel de Allende
Mexico
c.1955

Specialties

  • Purchased items from a variety of artisans to stamp with her mark and sell in her store.
Castillo, Pedro
Taxco
Mexico
e.1948

Specialties

1933

1939

1948

  • He set up a workshop in his home and singe his work PC.
Davis, Frederick
Mexico City
Mexico
1877 - 1960

Specialties

  • Silversmith
  • Designer
  • Ex-Pat American.

1910

  • Moved to Mexico working for the Sonora News Co.
  • Collected indigenous Mexican crafts and pre-Columbian art.
  • Opened a gallery that became a magnet for Mexican artists and distinguished collectors.

Jewelry

  • One of the first to produce jewelry in the now popular Mexican style.
  • Developed design ideas for jewelry inspired by pre-Columbian art and ancient symbols.
  • Employed excellent craftsman to execute his ideas.

Materials

1933

  • Merged with Frank Sanborn to run Sanborn’s, exhibiting and selling work by the finest artisans and craftsmen in Mexico.

1961

  • Death of Frederick Davis.
Dominguez, Rafael
Taxco
Mexico
e.1943

Specialties

  • Rafael Dominguez – 1911-1980
  • Studied with Spratling
  • Owned Casa Dominguez silver and arts studio with his wive Juana.
Doris
Cuernavaca
Mexico
1953-1971

Specialties

  • Shop in Cuernavaca
Far-Fan
Mexico City
Mexico

Specialties

  • Plateria FarFan
Gallegos, Dámaso
Taxco
Mexico
(1890-1980) e.1941

Specialties

Worked for

  • Héctor Aguilar c.1940
  • Married to the sister of Isidro Garcia Pina (Maricela)

1941

  • Opened LaAmatista workshop

Style

  • Floral Pins.
  • Mexican scenic bracelets.
  • Hair Clips.
  • Table and Flatware.
  • Christmas pins & earrings (machine made, hand finished.)

1976

  • Dámaso Gallegos died.
  • His son, Antonio continued the business.
Goodspeed, Bernice
Taxco
Mexico
e.1938

Specialties

  • American Cultural Antrhopologist.

1930

  • Moved to Mexico City to study.
  • Met Carl Pappe, artist.

1935

  • Married.

1938

  • Moved to Taxco.
  • Opened a studio and gallery featuring artifacts and art by Carl Pappe.
  • Added jewelry and tableware to the gallery designed by Bernice.

Inspirations

  • Indians of Central Mexico
  • Archaeological finds in Panama & Tomb 7 treasure at Monte Laban.
  • Spirals
  • Old carved stones from her collection.

1971

  • Bernice died.
Harmon, Hubert
Taxco
Mexico
c.1942-1948

Specialties

  • An American designer who worked briefly in Taxco designing silver jewelry.
  • Whimsical designs without any Mexican cultural influence.
  • Worked in brass and other metals.
  • Trained in Paris.

Worked for

  • Schiaparelli
  • Jean Patou
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Moved to Taxco c. 1942
  • Also used a Pair of Feet with Wings as a Maker’s Mark.